MBARI in the news – 2020

Nov 28
The EconomistAn elegy for the world’s biggest creatures
Nov 23 Stories related to the joint news release from the University of Hawaii and MBARI , Cameras reveal largest aggregation of fishes in abyssal deep sea
– New Atlas, “Record number of fish at abyssal depths found in the Pacific” by David Szondy (11-24-20)
– LiveScience, “Massive swarm of eels Is the most fish ever recorded at the bottom of the ocean ” by Carly Cassella (11-25-20) [Also carried by MSNews]
– The Weather Network, “‘Record’ number of fish found in the undersea abyss” by Daniel Martins (11-28-20) [Also carried by Yahoo News]
Oct 19
Stanford NewsStanford researchers explore potential for kelp to relieve ocean acidification” by Danielle Torrent Tucker [See also: “Research offers new insight on the role kelp can play in fighting ocean acidification“]
Oct 19
Blooloop.comHow Monterey Bay Aquarium is engaging AND generating revenue with Animal Crossing on Twitch ” by Charlotte Coates
Oct 18
Monterey HeraldOcean health: Study looks at the plastic problem ” by Emily Harwitz [Also carried by]
Nov 13
Ocean Currents (Ocean Conservancy blog) “These creepy ocean creatures are the stuff of nightmares
Nov 11
The ConversationThis super rare squid is a deep-sea mystery. We recently spotted not 1, but 5, in the Great Australian Bight” by Osterhage et al.
Oct 9
Monterey HeraldExploring the mystery of California’s bioluminescent blooms” by Nikk Ogasa [Also carried by the San Jose Mercury, East Bay Times, and]
Oct 29 Stories related to the joint news release, New $53 million grant to create a world-wide fleet of robotic floats to monitor ocean health
– Science, “Fleet of robotic probes will monitor global warming’s impact on microscopic ocean life” by Paul Voosen (10-29-20)
– Monterey Herald, “Monterey Bay research institute nets part of $53 million science grant” by Dennis L. Taylor (10-29-20) [Also carried by the San Jose Mercury, Santa Cruz Sentinel, East Bay Times, and]
–, “NSF grants $53 million to create a global fleet of robotic ocean floats” (10-29-20)
– Geekwire, “UW receives $23.5M grant to build and deploy fleet of robotic ocean-monitoring floats” by Kurt Schlosser (10-29-20)
– KPBX (San Diego NPR), “San Diego scientists poised to deploy new ocean monitoring devices” by Erik Anderson (10-30-20)
– Nature World News, “Robotic probes deployedto monitor climate change impact on phytoplankton, marine life and ocean processes” by Victoria Sinla (10-30-20)
– Congressman Panetta, “Congressman Panetta Announces $53 million in Federal Funding for Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute” (10-30-20) [News release]
– Forbes, “Souped-up robots will soon be able to tell us what’s happening in the Middle of the ocean” by Priya Shukla (10-31-20)
– Sea Wanderer, “New multi-institutional grant will support a fleet of robotic floats” (11-2-20)
– Asian Robotics Review, “Down to the sea in “smart” robots” (11-2-20)
– Monterey County Weekly, “MBARI announces $53 million grant to study ocean health with 500 roving floats” by Asaf Shalev (11-3-20)
– Ocean News and Technology, “New multi-institutional grant will support a fleet of robotic floats” (11-4-20)
– San Diego Union-Tribune, “Scripps Oceanography to build fleet of robotic ocean floats” by Deborah Sullivan Brennan (11-6-20) [Also carried by at least 9 other Tribune papers nationawide]
– La Jolla Light, “Scripps Oceanography is part of $53 million grant to study ocean health through 500 new robotic floats ” by Elisabeth Frausto (11-7-20)
– Salinas Californian, “Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute awarded $53M to continue exploring ocean health ” by Angelaydet Rocha (11-25-20)
Oct 19
NerdistUndulating feather stars put on a soothing deep-sea show” by Matthew Hart
Oct 19
SierraThe secrets stored within seaweed” by Mukta Patil
Oct 17
Santa Cruz SentinelOcean trek offers a break from politics” by Rachel Kippen
Oct 16
Monterey HeraldMonterey Aquarium planning ambitious new exhibit” by Dennis L. Taylor [Also carried by]
Oct 15
Science News for StudentsWhales get a second life as deep-sea buffets” by Stephen Ornes
Oct 7
PNASInner Workings: Research sub buoys prospects for 3D map of marine microbial communities” by Amy McDermott
Oct 1 Stories related to the joint MBARI/Stanford news release, Researchers find pattern in whale songs that predicts migration
– United Press International, “Blue whale singing patterns reverse when they start to migrate” by Brooks Hays (10-1-20)
– Daily Mail, “Changing their tune: Blue whales start singing in the daytime rather than at night just before migrating, study finds” by Jonathan Chadwick (10-1-20) [Also carried by and 7 other onine outlets]
–, “Blue whales sing on summer nights and winter days” by Chrissy Sexton (10-1-20)
– The Independent, “Blue whale singing patterns predict migration, study finds” by Harry Cockburn (10-1-20)
– Cosmos, “Heading south? You’ve changed your tune” (10-3-20)
– 60-Second Science (Scientific American podcast), “Blue whale song timing reveals time to go” by Susanne Bard (10-7-20)
-Diver Net, “Blue whales: Too busy eating to sing” (10-18-20)
Oct 1
NerdistDeep-sea biologists reveal their 10 favorite creatures” by Matthew Hart
Oct 1
BBC Science Focus7 weird animals that you can see right through” by Ben Hoare
Sept 22
New York TimesBringing the ocean’s midnight zone into the light” by Annie Roth
Sept 15
HakaiScientists use seaweeds to travel back in time” by Annie Roth [Also carrired by Smithsonian. magazine]
Sept 11
PoynterPoynter Report” by Tom Jones [Includes short piece about coverage of DeepPIV by “CBS This Morning”
Sept 10
Endangered Earth [Center for Biological Diversity newsletter] “Wild & Weird: The ocean ‘Grand Canyon’ of California
Sept 10
CBS This MorningMysterious animal keeps carbon out of atmosphere, slowing climate change” by Jonathan Vigliotti
Sept 3
Laughing SquidA relaxing guided meditation that focuses on a beautiful vampire squid floating in the deep dark sea” by Lori Dorn
Sept 2
KION-TVMBARI: California wildfires could impact oceans” by Avery Johnson
Aug 27
Stanford News2020 Stanford graduate wins journalism award” by Alex Kekauoha
Aug 26
BBC Science FocusThe technology solving the ocean’s greatest mysteries ” by Helen Scales
Aug 25
KION-TVNew animation gives look at canyon that lies at the bottom of the Monterey Bay” by Avery Johnson
Aug 24
Ocean News and TechnologyNew animation drains Monterey Bay to uncover the beauty of Its geology
Aug 21
EOSThis Week: Mud, Monterey Canyon, and Kanye West
Aug 20
Yahoo NewsBioluminescent waves light up surf at Monterey Bay” [from Storyful]
Aug 19
ScribolScientists discovered strange holes on the seabed – And what caused them Is deeply concerning” by Tiernan Cannon
Aug 18
Scientific AmericanA map 15 years in the making illuminates a ‘Grand Canyon’ off California’s coast” by Erik Olsen
Aug 14
Voices of Monterey BaySetbacks and opportunities—COVID creates unique research opportunity for whale scientists” by Kyle Martin
Aug 13
ReefBuildersMonterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shares video of the most iconic deep-sea critters” by Nicole Helgason
Aug 11
Robotics and Automation NewsRobots could help Mauritius clean up devastating oil spill” by Mai Tao
Aug 3
Kerrang!10 Animal species named after bands” by Simon Young
July 27
ResonanceSound is round: A waterfall of falling sounds that I catch dreaming” by Yolande Harris
July 19
Tuscaloosa NewsECOVIEWS: Squids are deep sea mysteries” by Whit Gibbons
July 17
EE JournalFrom the Fish Fry vault: The Great Shark Cafe” by Amelia Dalton
July 15
NationalGeographic.comSeas quieted by pandemic could reduce stress, improve health in whales” by Craig Welch [See also this news release from UC Santa Cruz]
July 14
Spectrum News – LA Times TodayGooey sea creature removes earth-warming gases” by Rosanna Xia
July 13
Yale Climate ConnectionsHearing the under-sea whispers of a warming climate ” by Kristen Pope [Also carried by EcoWatch]
July 10
Blue Dot (National Public Radio)The sound of science in the sea – The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute” by Dave Schlom
July 7
KAZUDeep-sea research lab gives scientists insight into climate change” by Erika Mahoney [Also carried on KCBX – Santa Barbara]
June 26
Marine Technology NewsMBARI: Hydrothermal mapping is heating up” by Celia Konowe
June 24 Articles based on MBARI’s creature feature page about bloodybelly comb jelly
– Laughing Squid, “Fascinating ROV footage of a deep sea bloody-belly domb jelly camouflaging a bioluminescent dinner” by Lori Dorn (6-24-20)
– The Nerdist, “‘Bloody-belly comb jelly’ Is a macabre blob of the deep” by Matthew Hart (6-25-20)
– The Awesomer, “The bloody-belly comb jellyfish” (6-25-20)
June 20
NOAA NewsDavidson Seamount: Oasis in the deep” by Marissa Garcia
June 10
Monterey HeraldMonterey Aquarium sets guidelines for reopening” by Dennis L. Taylor
June 8
NOAA Research NewsNOAA collects a lot of data on the ocean. Here are 4 ways we use it
June 3 Stories related to MBARI’s news release, New laser system provides 3D reconstructions of living deep-sea animals and their mucous filters
– Associated Press, “Scientists learn how tiny critters make ocean ‘snot palaces’” by Seth Borenstein (6-3-20) [Carried by at least 365 newspapers and TV stations around the US, including US News and World Report and the Washington Post]
– New York Times, “The sea’s weirdest creatures, now in ‘staggering’ detail” by William J. Broad (6-4-20)
– LiveScience, “These gorgeous, intricate sea creatures are actually giant blobs of snot” by Yasemin Saplakoglu (6-4-20)
– Popular Science, “These animals build palaces out of their own snot ” by Hannah Seo (6-6-20) [Also carried by MSN]
– Los Angeles Times, “This fantastical sea creature helps remove planet-warming gases from the atmosphere” by Rosanna Xia (6-7-20) [Also carried by Yahoo News and the London Times]
– Voice of America, “Scientists study sea creature which makes a home of body fluid ” by Mario Ritter Jr. (6-7-20)
– The Hill, “Morning Report” (6-8-20)
– Gizmodo, “These weird-ass sea creatures live in ‘snot palaces’ that capture carbon” by Dharna Noor (6-8-20)
– Daily Mail, “Strange sea creature that lives up to 1,000ft below the surface encased in a giant bubble of mucus may play a key role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere” by Jonathan Chadwick (6-9-20)
– Smithsonian online, “Scientists tour elaborate, deep-sea ‘snot palaces’ for the first time ” by Alex Fox (6-9-20)
– The National Interest, “Could a giant sea creature be the key to fighting climate change?” by Ethen Kim Lieser (6-9-20) [Also carried by Yahoo News]
– Oceanographic magazine, “New laser system provides 3D reconstructions of live deep-sea creatures” (6-10-20)
– Scientific American (60-second science), “‘Snot palaces’ reveal undersea creature secrets” by Christopher Intagliatar (6-11-20)
– Science News, “Larvaceans’ underwater ‘snot palaces’ boast elaborate plumbing” by Susan Milius (6-15-20)
– Dive magazine, “Breakthrough in studying mysterious carbon capturers” by Scarlet Hathway (6-15-20)
– IFL Science, “Laser scanning reveals the oceans’ secret carbon disposal mechanism” (6-15-20)
– BBC, “‘Snot palaces’ built by sea creatures could help scientists and maybe even Nasa” (6-15-20)
– Utah Public Radio, “Undisciplined: It’s snot what you think” by Matthew LaPlante (7-3-20)
– Australian Geographic, “The giant larvacean is a floating croissant housed in mucous” by Bec Crew (7-6-20)
June 1
AZO CleantechBiodegradable plant-based plastic to combat ocean waste” by Sarah Moore
May 27
Scribol20 hair-raising photos that show what really lurks In the shadowy depths of the ocean” by James Cannon
May 14
RadioLabOctomom” produced by Annie McEwen
May 14
NewsweekNew worm species with glamorous iridescent scales discovered in the ocean abyss” by Aristos Georgiou
May 11
SmithsonianInvasive comb jellies might overproduce babies in summer to eat them in winter” by Theresa Machemer
May 7
Inside ScienceA gelatinous drifter may get ahead by eating Its babies” by Katharine Gammon
May 6
Daily MailUnderwater forest of hydrothermal vents off the coast of Washington State is mapped for the first time” by Stacy Liberatore [Carried by at least 4 other online outlets, including MSN News]
May 5
IFLScienceA city of geothermal chimneys discovered off the coast of the US” by Tom Hale
May 2
Santa Cruz SentinelEarth Matters–The virtual bay” by Ross Clark
May 1
LiveScienceHundreds of towering hydrothermal chimneys discovered on seafloor off Washington” by Mindy Weisberger [Related coverage appeared on at least 4 other on-line outlets, including Strange Sounds and Sputnik International]
Apr 30
OOI NewsFrom whale songs to volcanic eruptions: OOI’s cable hears the sounds of the ocean” by Darlene Trew Crist [Carried by at least 1 other online outlet]
Apr 15
Digital TrendsMonterey Bay Aquarium provides tours using Twitch and Animal Crossing” by Tyler Treese [Carried by at least 2 other online media outlets, including Yahoo News]
Apr 14
California Sea Grant NewsGetting to the bottom of ocean carbon export” by Katherine Leitzell [Also carried by]
Apr 13
PolygonA real aquarium is giving tours of Animal Crossing’s in-game museum” by Nicole Carpenter [Carried by at least 2 other online media outlets, including Infosurhoy]
Apr 10
SmithsonianWatch this giant, eerie, string-like sea creature hunt for food in the Indian Ocean” by Nora McGreevy
Apr 8
New York TimesA.I. is helping scientists understand an ocean’s worth of data” by Tatiana Schlossberg
Apr 8 USA TodayScientists spot giant ocean creature that looks like silly string hunting in ‘galaxy-like spiral’” by N’dea Yancey-Bragg [Carried by at least 5 other online news outlets.]
Apr 3 LiveScienceActivities and online resources for homebound kids: A coronavirus guide” by Mindy Weisberger [Also carried by and and at least 2 other online media outlets]
Mar 31
Marine Technology NewsEnvironmental DNA Emerging in the Ocean Science Community” by Justin Manley [Also appeared in Marine Link and Maritime Global News]
Mar 27 Marine LinkMBARI works at unlocking ocean biology” by Elaine Maslin [Also appeared in Marine Technology News, Marine Technology Reporter, and Santa Cruz Tech Beat]
Mar 26 Santa Cruz Tech BeatGoogle features former Cabrillo student’s work in documentary series” by Sarah Vickers-Webb
Mar 25 Environmental MonitorThe Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s wireless plan to connect to MARS” by Jack Nissen
Mar 23 Stories related to research on deciphering the visual language of Humboldt squid
– Stanford news release, “Stanford researcher investigates how squid communicate in the dark” [Carried by at least 7 online media outlets] (3-23-19)
– National Public Radio (All Things Considered), “Deep sea squid may communicate through glowing pigmentation, researchers find” by Lauren Sommer (3-23-20)
– Gizmodo, “Glowing deep-sea squid have a complex form of communication, new evidence suggests” by George Dvorsky (3-23-20)
– Nature, “Squid say hello with a light show” (3-23-20)
– Oceanographic magazine, “Researchers begin to reveal how Humboldt squid communicate in the dark” (3-24-20)
– CNET, “Illuminating find: Here’s how squid talk to each other in the dark” by Bonnie Burton [Carried by at least 2 other online outlets] (3-25-20)
– Science Friday, “How Humboldt Squid talk to each other in the dark” by Alexa Lim (3-27-20)
– EcoWatch, “Speaking squid: How squid glow to communicate in dark dceans” by Tiffany Duong (3-27-20)
– Stuff/NZ, “Glow-in-the-dark squid can brighten your day” by Siouxsie Wiles (3-30-20)
– The Science Times, “Illuminating find: Decoding the Humboldt squid’s secret language” (3-31-20)
– Scientific American (60-second Science podcast), “Squid’s glowing skin patterns may be code” by Susanne Bard (4-2-20)
– Smithsonian, “Deep-sea squids glow to communicate in the dark” by Hannah Knighton (4-6-20)
– NPR, “Deep sea squid communicate by glowing like e-readers” by Lauren Sommer (4-17-20) [Carried by at least 40 NPR affiliate stations around the US]
– Popular Mechanics, “How the deep sea squid communicates in fascinating and flashy ways” by Daisy Hernandez (4-24-20) [Also carried by YahooNews]
– New Zealand Geographic, “Light conversation” by Kate Evans (May 2020)
– Forbes, “Scientists shed light on deep-sea squid communication” by Sara Tabin (5-20-20)
Mar 20 Science AlertThe largest mass migration on the planet happens every single day, and we never see it” by Peter Dockrill [Also carried by MSN News]
Mar 12 Insider16 creatures from the bottom of the ocean that will give you nightmares” by Zoë Miller and Zoë Ettinger
Mar 7 Monterey HeraldRe-opening historic Point Sur lighthouse” by Amanda Heidt
Mar 6 ScienceFrank Press (1924–2020)” by Marcia McNutt
Mar 5 San Francisco Bay ViewEarth Island Institute takes on Big Plastic” by Lee Houskeeper
Mar 5 UPIChanges in oxygen, temperature could reshape deep sea fish communities” by Brooks Hays
Mar 5 PhysOrgDeep-sea fish community structure strongly affected by oxygen and temperature” [News Release from Scripps Institution of Oceanography]
Mar 5 National Geographic NewsAs the Arctic warms, light pollution may pose a new threat to marine life” by Sarah Gibbens
Mar 3 Monterey HeraldCarmel shop taking battle against plastics to new level” by Dennis Taylor
Mar 2 Before It’s NewsEarth Island files lawsuit against plastic polluters
Mar 1 The ScientistResearchers discover the largest virus in the oceans yet” by Kerry Grens
Feb 27 CBS NewsClorox, Coca Cola among companies sued over plastic pollution by Berkeley group
Feb 26 Bay City News ServiceSuit aims to hold ‘Big Plastic’ corporations responsible for plastic pollution” by Keith Burbank [Carried by SFGate, NBC, Patch, Pleasanton Weekly, and other outlets]
Feb 26 San Francisco ChronicleBay Area group sues Coke, Pepsi, other giants over plastic pollution ‘poisoning everything’” by Peter Fimrite [Also carried by MSN]
Feb 20 Stories related to MBARI’s story about the strange behaviors of deep-sea animals such as sponges at Station M
–, “The secret life of the sponges” (2-25-19)
– LiveScience, “Deep-sea sponges caught ‘sneezing’ in time-lapse photos” by Nicoletta Lanese (3-2-20)
– BGR, “Scientists caught a deep-sea sponge ‘sneezing’ on camera, and it’s so weird” by Mike Wehner [Story carried by at least 5 additional outlets, including the New York Post] (3-2-20)
– Daily Mail, “Gazoontite! Time-lapse video reveals a glass sponge sneezing more than 12,000 feet below the surface in order to expel sea particles from its inner canals” by Stacy Liberatore [Also carried by Brinkwire and at least 8 additional outlets] (3-3-20)
– Smithsonian, “Watch this deep-sea sponge sneeze in slow motion” by Theresa Machemer (3-3-20)
– Popular MechanicsBehold the super long sneeze of a deep sea sponge” by Daisy Hernandez [Article carried by at least 3 other outlets, including Yahoo News] (3-15-20)
– IFL ScienceDeep-sea sponges caught “sneezing” on camera” by Katy Pallister (3-17-20)
Feb 21 HakaiLess than a fifth of deep-sea life Is identifiable” by Nicola Jones
Feb 21 Wired‘Environmental DNA’ lets scientists probe underwater life” by Eric Niiler
Feb 19 Scientific AmericanKilometers of “dark cable” form the newest seismic sensors” by Shannon Hall
Feb 19 Laughing SquidHypnotic footage of a rainbow colored sea angel slug propelling itself under the ice of the white sea” by Lori Dorn
Feb 18 OceanaDrowned out: Is climate change making the ocean a noisier place?” by Sarah Royalty Pinkelman
Feb 17 SciShowThe most incredible snowfall on Earth occurs deep underwater” by Hank Green
Feb 14 New York TimesAs mating rituals go, Valentine’s Day isn’t so bad” by Priyanka Runwal [Also carried by and at least two other online outlets]
Feb 10 ScienceLineLife in Earth’s final frontier, into view at last” by Hannah Seo
Feb 7 DVIDSNPS explores next-generation acoustic detection” [News release]
Feb 5 KTVU-TVStanford scientist creates bionic jellyfish that could aid in future research” by Andre Senior
Feb 5 San Jose MercuryCalifornia scientists create bionic jellyfish to explore oceans” by Paul Rogers [Carried by at least 13 other California newspapers]
Feb 4 The IndependentScience news in brief: From speaking mummies to volcanoes on Venus” by Nicholas St Fleur, Joshua Sokol, Karen Weintraub, Shannon Hall, and Cara Giaimo
January NOAA NewsCaptivating the nation: Education and outreach programs bring communities together” by Eve Moulin
Jan 21 Laughing SquidThe surprisingly small fierce-looking fangtooth fish” by Lori Dorn
Jan 19 MSNMysterious little red jellies: A case of mistaken identity
Jan 16 KSBW-TVWest Coast waters acidifying two times faster than global average” by Caitlin Conrad [Also carried on MSN]
Jan 16 KION-TVOcean acidification and the affects on the Central Coast” by Max Tarlton
Jan 9 The ScientistFish steals bioluminescence from prey” by Abby Olena
Jan 8 New York TimesHow a fish steals its ability to glow” by Joshua Sokol
Jan 8 PBS – NatureDive into the mysteries surrounding whales
Jan 6 Business WireRevolutionary modular storage system built to efficiently manage enterprise, cloud, and edge data growth” [Seagate press release]